By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has made it clear that he will not support any media policy by the APNU+AFC government, which seeks to regulate media entities in Guyana.
Jagdeo was at the time responding to comments made by his Party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee, who earlier in the day told a news conference that the PPP would support such a policy.
But Jagdeo during a telephone interview with iNews on Monday, August 31, said that the PPP never discussed the issue since he became Opposition Leader.
“First of all, I am not aware that the Party has discussed this matter and secondly I am totally against any policy where the government would regulate the media,” Jagdeo told iNews.
When told that the PPP has been in support of such a policy in the past, Jagdeo explained that he never touted for the media to be regulated.
“I was President for 12 years and I never touted the regulation of the media… I am telling you my position. This is me as Bharrat Jagdeo.”
The former President explained that although he has and continues to be heavily criticized by the press, he will never support a media policy.
“I have been faced with the brunt of unethical reporting, slander, outright lies but in spite of all of that, I believe that the media should self regulate. I do not believe that government has any business in regulating the media,” Jagdeo noted.
Earlier in the day, Rohee told reporters that the PPP wants a public debate before the APNU+AFC government moves to draft and implement the media policy.